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Yeguada Velasco - Exclusive to Spanish Horse Quest in the UK
Linda Harper, Dressage trainer and judge says of her recently imported magnificient young stallion (see left) bred and schooled by the Yeguada Velasco Stud:
"I was looking for a taller spanish horse with very good paces and straight movement suitable for competitive dressage. I couldn't be happier with Cupido. He is lovely to ride, very comfortable and willing, I don't want to get off. I have to remember he is young, if he wasn't 3.1/2 yrs I would do a novice test on him tomorrow. The stud did a super job bringing him on correctly, I was impressed with the "setup". I will continue the good work and keep him going gently untill he is a little older.
Many thanks Sophie, for all your help. Everything seemed to work out so well, I kind of feel it was meant to be."
Not only do our clients recognise the high quality of horses sourced by us, but it has come to our attention that our competitors have noticed too and have contacted some of the breeders we work with to try to offer the same horses. We consider this a great compliment and despite their efforts, we remain the sole UK agent for Yeguada Velasco, a modern breeder breeding a very much sought after and often hard to find type of Spanish horse with classical looks, ancient bloodlines and modern movement. We consider this priviledged position a tribute to the good relationships we have established with breeders in Spain.
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The Price of a Spanish Horse?
Those new to Spanish or Iberian horses can seem startled at the prices of the breed, thinking along the lines of surely horses from Spain must be cheaper than in the UK or isn't Spain a bit like Ireland with a good supply of quality horses at bargain prices or I can get a German warmblood for £8,000, so why would I spend £20,000 on a PRE? Somewhat more bewildering is where to start with budget, particularly when you can open a page of UK sales magazines and see 'Andalusians' for £2,000 and Black PRE stallions for P.O.A. which those brave enough to enquire will get a very full 5 figure response. The range of prices is as varied as the quality available.
PRE or Andalusian?
'Andalusian' has become the general term used to refer to a Spanish horse. A PRE (Pura Raza Espanola) is the Pure Bred Spanish Horse or Andalusian. The confusion arises because people use the general term 'Andalusian' to cover unregistered horses that have failed their grading for PRE status, horses that have not been presented for grading and partbred Spanish horses, as well as the PRE. This allows unscrupulous sellers to sell 'Andalusians' at £2,000 or worse still for the price of a PRE! For further information on the PRE/Andalusian see www.spanishhorsequest.com and www.bapshweb.co.uk
Quality PREs generally range from £4,000 to £200,000. This seemingly huge price range encompasses youngstock to Grand Prix dressage stallions. Bloodlines, coat, training, conformation, character, competition record and a whole range of factors come into play to determine price. Here at Spanish Horse Quest, we do not believe there is such a thing as a bargain horse, there is only very good value. You get what you pay for. A 'bargain horse' can end up costing you a lot more than you bargained for! We are here to guide you through the maze of reasons why some horses are worth more than others and to help you find the best quality horse at the best value for your budget, as well as your dreams. We want to see the breed grow and prosper and we see ourselves as playing an important role in their international reputation by ensuring that people have access to the best quality available in Spain, rather than picking off the poor quality horses that the Spanish don't want and trying to make a quick buck or two. We only want to see horses of the highest quality sold through Spanish Horse Quest, whether they are £2,000 or £200,000. This is important for our reputation and the reputation of the breed as a whole.
As famous breeder, Miguel Angel de Cardenas said: "The Andalusian has always been a highly priced horse, always, since it was created by Phillip II. It was a horse for the nobility, the high hierarchies of the church, etc., it has always been expensive and it should go on being expensive."
We have a selection of good quality Spanish horses (PREs and partbreds) under £10,000, as well as horses up to £200,000. We respect people's budgets and our aim is not to make to you spend to your limit, but to ensure that you get the best quality and value for your money. We do this through sourcing high quality in the first place and weedling out the poor quality horses, then through negotiation, advising and securing the right horse for you. The more specific and honest you can be about your budget, the better we can serve you. It is not in our interests to inflate the market by selling overpriced horses as this will only come back on us, it is in our interest to have happy clients and successful partnerships who go on to recommend us and use us again and again.
Contact Sophie with your budget details:
M: 0789 9846330
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